As the weather gets warmer and we start to look forward to the summer ahead, there is no doubt that many Australians will start to pull bikes out of their sheds and hit the road. While seeing Sydney and wider NSW from a bicycle is stunning, it is also extremely dangerous given the rising number of cars on our roads.
To ensure cyclists remain safe on the road, the state’s annual NSW Bike Week is in full swing until Sunday September 20. In its 21st year, there are more than 70 events taking place that aim to promote cycling as both a healthy and fun activity.
However, one of the overarching themes of the week is safety – with cyclists at risk for serious injury in an accident.
Bike safety in focus
NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance explained that the topic of bike safety is something for everyone to think about this week.
“We’re doing everything we can to educate the community on bike safety – because it’s an issue for everyone on the road,” he said in a September 11 statement.
“Drivers need to be vigilant and look out for cyclists as well as pedestrians. Cyclists also need to manage risk; wearing the right helmet and highly visible clothing is extremely important, as well as being aware of everyone else.”
According to Transport for NSW, four out of the 241 deaths on state roads this year have been cyclists. While this statistic is down on 2014, we are now heading into prime cycling season and both drivers and riders will need to be careful.
In fact, the authority offered a number of tips for cyclists to ensure their safety moving forward. This included:
- Following all road rules such as giveway signs, stop signs and traffic lights
- Installing flashing white and red lights if riding after sunset
- Wearing approved helmets and appropriate reflective clothing
Can I claim compensation?
In the event of a car accident, cyclists are likely to come off much worse than the driver of a vehicle. As such, if you were struck by a car and the accident is only partly or not your fault, you could be eligible for compensation.
Many people do not realise that cyclists are covered under the NSW motor accidents compensation scheme. As such, you can claim payment for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and a number of other losses.
For more information on whether you are eligible to make a claim, contact a compensation lawyer today.